Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkish army operations against Kurdish militia forces in Syria would be conducted with Syrian opposition groups.
Addressing a meeting of his AKP parliamentary group here, Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s readiness to conduct an operation against Kurdish militia forces in northern Syria.
“In a short time, we will destroy all the horrors of terrorism, one after the other, in Syria, starting with the areas of Afrin and Manbaj,” he said.
When asked if the Syrian opposition would participate, he responded positively.
We will help our brothers there so that they can protect their land, “he said.
Turkey has recently criticized the United States for its plans to establish a 30,000-strong border force based on the Syrian-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces.
Turkey sees the People’s Protection Units as a Syrian branch of the PKK, which Ankara regards as a terrorist group, while the United States supports the People’s Protection Units as a field ally in fighting against the organization of the Islamic state in Syria.